An email about France. My reply
Whitney emails stuff to me on a regular basis.
This was a list of jokes about France. In the intro he writes:
really annoys me that the French were right about Iraq — we now know
that Saddam DIDN’T have WMDs, that it WOULD turn into a brutal mess,
and that (while I hope I’m wrong about this) we would have been FAR
better off with a policy of containment. But I still think they behaved
abominably and love reading stuff like this…
Here is what I wrote back…
The case for going into Iraq was not whether the USA would find stockpiles of WMD. The case was that Iraq was working on, and developing its WMD capabilities. Many of their WMD capabilities and stocks were unaccounted for. And they were not cooperating with the UN inspectors. All of this represented an unacceptable threat.
Consider that Iraq had, once before, destroyed its stocks of WMD, but retained the capabilities and the knowledge. At the time that the US went into Iraq, the Kay report confirms that Iraq was working on long range ballistic missiles and retained chemical and biological capabilities. To
now say that it was all about finding WMD is moving the goal posts and
is also historical revisionism of the worst kind, and you, along with
many in the liberal establishment have bought into it lock, stock and
Remember that at the time the US went in, France and company were promising all sorts of doom and gloom: Americans coming back in body bags in the 10s of thousands. A quagmire in which the US was unable to take the major cities without street to street fighting. Instability in the rest of the Arab world etc. etc.
The fact is that the whole world was astounded at how quickly the US took Iraq, and how few casualties there were in taking the country, and how quickly pre-war levels of oil production, electricity production & other measures of civilian well-being were restored, and then exceeded. Do you ever ask yourself whey there now very few reports on power outages, or oil production in Iraq? Well, let me suggest that, with the progress being made, the liberal media can’t gloat anymore, so its no fun, and therefore not newsworthy for them. Consider how far we’ve come, and the achievements. Here are a few:
Iraqi’s no longer dying in the 10’s of thousands per year at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime.
Libya gives up opposition to the west, gives up WMD and gives valuable information on other countries WMD programs.
Palestinian elections: The Wall Street Journal considers these only the second set of free elections ever held in the Arab world.
Semi autonomy for the Kurdish north – who run their affairs reasonably well.
Emergence of moderate Shiite leadership in Iraq (Sistani), who clearly wants to steer a line that is independent of Iran
Co-option, even of the more radicalized Shiites of Iraq (Al Sadr) into the political system.
The Sunni triangle is a problem. But whenever you try anything important, its going to look like a mess half way through. The elections at the end of the month are going to be imperfect, but I believe that they will have a profound impact on the Middle East.
are happening, but the liberal media are whining all the way, and are
moving the goal posts – because they just can’t bear to think of the
idea that people that they hate so much are actually making progress.
All those liberal whiners – instead of focusing on progress and what’s good. Its so un-American!